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Release Dates Aplenty

September 19, 2008

This past week, due to school, I was unable to frequently post, causing me to miss out on some big release date announcements. While I have been shifting from class to class, most people have been finding out when SackBoy will be running, jumping, and sacking into our hearts. The complete mini-rundown is below.

Mirror’s Edge: EA’s parkour-esque, free-running spectacular will be available on the PS3 and Xbox 360 on November 11th. It is rumored that the PC release date has been delayed, considering that it was conveniently left out. A demo for the game will be out before launch, and PS3 owners can expect exclusive DLC, which is a relief compared to the next announcement.

Grand Theft Auto IV (360 DLC): Microsoft confirmed that the “exclusive episodes for Grand Theft Auto IV will be available on Xbox 360 starting fall 2008.” Fall has already started, so we might be continuing Niko Bellic’s epic adventure soon.

LittleBigPlanet: Anxious gamers will finally be able to make their own SackBoys and levels on October 21st. The game that might convince me to buy a PS3 is out in almost a month; I better start scraping some cash together.

Prince of Persia: On December 2nd, the cel-shaded, AI-redefining chapter in the Prince of Persia series will be in stores. The game will be out on 360, PS3, and PC, alongside a DS counterpart, Prince of Persia: The Fallen King.

Wii Music: The game that brought us all ear aches at E3 2008 will be flying onto shelves and into the homes of North American five-year-olds, on October 20th. If you want your games to be more like toys, Wii Music might be for you!

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Pokemon Platinum Debut TV Spot

July 31, 2008

Pokemon Diamond and Pearl came out over a year ago, so here comes the third special game that is bound to come out. Red and Blue had Yellow, Gold and Silver had Crystal, and Diamond and Pearl will have Platinum. Game Freak is starting to run out of titles, but I don’t care how stupid they are, Pokemon is addicitive. The TV spot below shows off intriguing new content, such as an apparent anti-gravity level. I can’t wait to emmerse myself into the Pokemon environment once again.

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Nintendo Produces Big Profit In Q1

July 30, 2008

From April to June this year, Nintendo has reeled in a profit of $996 million, about $256 million more this same time last year. Wii sales were up 1.7 million from last year at 5.17 million, but DS sales in Japan have decreased. Down 40,000 from last year, the DS has sold 6.94 units worldwide.

In regards to software, both systems have increased in sales. Total software sales for Wii and DS were 40.41 million units and 36.59 million units respectively. This boost is attributed mainly to the games Wii Fit, Mario Kart Wii, and Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness/Explorers of Time.

Nintendo’s estimated net income for the fiscal year, ending in March 2009 is $3 billion. This company has made a pretty good turn around from the GameCube.

Duke Nukem Triolgy Trailer, Painful To Watch

July 19, 2008

If you think Superman 64 is bad, just check out this trailer below, it’s a whole new kind of suckage. Duke Nukem Trilogy is coming to the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP, and will be comprised of the three Duke Nukem games: Proving Grounds, Critical Mass, and Chain Reaction. That will be easy to remember, because the video burns those name into your brain for years to come. I’m not asking you to watch it, I’m daring you!

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Reggie Quote About Hardcore Gamers

July 15, 2008

I don’t know about you people, but me being a hardcore gamer, I was really disappointed with Nintendo’s conference. There wasn’t anything special, and compared to Microsoft and Sony’s conferences, it was like nothing even happened. I have lost all but a small fraction of hope for the Wii. After being really frustrated, this came to my attention as I was watching G4 after Nintendo’s showing.

After the Nintendo’s E3 press conference, G4 had a brief interview with Reggie Fils-Aime. After being told that some hardcore fans said they felt left out Reggie replied, “How can you feel left out?” He brought up Animal Crossing and GTA to make his point, but are those really going to satisfy hardcore gamers, who want what they want and when the want it? Last years showing was not a fan-pleaser either. You would think Nintendo would learn from their mistakes, but alas, they have not. I don’t care if they say they haven’t forgot about the hardcore, what have they shown to disprove that? As of right now, I have 0 respect for Nintendo.

Grand Theft Portable

July 15, 2008

The Grand Theft Auto series is going portable again, but not on the PSP. The Nintendo DS will be receiving Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars this Winter. Set in a modern day Liberty City, this game will featue new characters and a new engine. It’s also supposed to be the “same free roaming GTA” experience. Hopefully, this will be GTA in all its ‘M’ rated glory. See you in Chinatown.

photo via IGN

Spore Creatures Unique To DS

July 15, 2008

Spore won’t be heading to Wii, but you can experience a pocket-sized version of it. Spore Creatures will be coming to the DS on September 7, 2008. Maxis says that Spore is all about player creativity and sharing, which is what makes it a perfect match for the DS. The game is based mainly on the creation aspect, because the stylus “is so easy and intuitive to use.” After seeing creatures being made on the computer, the touch screen seems like a perfect fit.

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Guitar Hero: On Tour Decades, That Was Fast…

July 15, 2008

“I thought I just played this game.” Yes, you did. Activision was so impressed with the sales of Guitar Hero: On Tour, which just came out last month, that they announced another version already.

Guitar Hero: On Tour Decades will supposedly have new innovation, and a song share feature. Say your friend just bought Decades, but you only have the first game; you can both “trade” songs with each other, so you both get a taste. I’m amazed that something like this would be revealed so quickly, but the Guitar Hero name craps out diamonds, so it’ll definitely sell.

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Chrono Trigger DS Announcement and Promo

July 6, 2008

That’s right, the fan-favorite Chrono Trigger is coming back. Nope it’s not a sequel, but a revamped version of the SNES game will be coming to your DS in Winter this year. It seems like one of those games that would only return to Japan, but you know Square Enix; they like painting a fresh coat on and old fence and selling it as new. Not much has changed, but what has been added will make this a must-have for fans of the series.

So, what has Squeenix tacked-on to this old classic? There will be a new dungeon to crawl, wireless play, and, for better or worse, touch screen support. A game like New Super Mario Bros. shows that minimal use of the touch screen is a good thing for games that don’t need it. Take the hint. If you are a fan of Chrono, or skipped out on it the first time around, then be prepared for a trip to the mall so Santa will know what to get you. Nothing says Christmas like giving to the less fortunate, being with family, and playing Chrono Trigger.

via Joystiq